Review from This Week in Sarasota, by Anthony Paull, Sarasota Film Festival, 4/16/2012:

"Unlike many films with LGBT themes, Wedding succeeds by refusing to feed into old stereotypes, lame jokes, and bad sexual innuendos, illustrating a fresh take on a modern family that looks beyond the ‘gay’ in the person to see the person as a whole."

Read more:

Herald Tribune feature article, by Jay Handelman, 4/14/2012: -wedding-film/

Red Carpet Sarasota Video Interview: brockmann-van-wezel-sarasota-film-festival-opening-night/

Sarasota Film Festival, opening night red carpet photo gallery: es/uploadedImages/photos/2012/04/13/zoom/2746053.jpg

Sarasota Magazine article, by Charlie Husiking:

Herald Tribune article, by MC Coolidge:

Radio SRQ interview:

SFF blog: movies-with-filmmakers-in-attendance

From SRQ Magazine blog page:

Bradenton Herald red carpet:

Herald Tribune article, by MC Coolidge, 9/21/2011: -for-the-perfect-wedding/

RT BookClub Blog, 1/2012:

Romance University Blog by Ed Gaffney, 1/2012:

EQ FL press about gala:

Fresh Fiction Blog by Suzanne Brockmann, 6/2011: ovies.html


Television and Hollywood veteran Kristine Sutherland (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Honey I Shrunk the Kids) will receive this year’s Garden State Film Festival’s “Independent Spirit” Award for her long and distinguished acting career.

Sutherland, one of the stars of the independent feature The Perfect Wedding, will attend that film’s screening and audience “talk-back” at noon on April 7, at the Asbury Park City Council Chambers, 1 Municipal Plaza, Asbury Park, NJ 07712.  Joining her at the screening will be co-star James Rebhorn (Independence Day, Scent of a Woman, Homeland).  Also scheduled to attend the screening are its director, former Garden State Film Festival winner Scott Gabriel, as well as screenwriters and producers New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann, her husband, Ed Gaffney, and their son, Jason T. Gaffney.  Later that same evening, Sutherland and Rebhorn will be honorees at the festival’s awards banquet to be held at The Crystal Point, in Point Pleasant, NJ, starting at 6:30 p.m.  Tickets for The Perfect Wedding as well as the festival’s awards dinner are available at the festival website:

The Perfect Wedding is a “heartwarming” romantic comedy that tells the story of a special Christmas weekend in the lives of Richard Fowler (Rebhorn), his wife, Meryl (Sutherland), and their adult children, Paul (Eric Aragon) and Alana (Apolonia Davalos).  Alana has invited friends (including Paul’s ex-boyfriend, Roy) home for the holidays to help her plan a small wedding, but her mother has other ideas.  Meanwhile, Paul, hoping to made amends to Roy for bad behavior when they were together, finds himself -- to his horror -- romantically drawn to Roy’s pretend beau. 

“There’s something wonderfully freeing when you work on an independent film,” Sutherland said, about her experience shooting The Perfect Wedding.  “There’s a real sense of creative camaraderie among the cast and the crew.  Everyone just rolls up their sleeves and more or less says to each other, ‘Let’s make a movie!’

“But what was really special to me about the The Perfect Wedding was that the script included something you rarely see in mainstream Hollywood features -- a love story about an older couple.  And to be partnered with Jim Rebhorn in telling that story made collaborating on the project a complete joy.”